We Have Survived Past Epidemics, COVID-19 Wouldn’t Be Different For Nigeria – Health Minister

The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, says Nigeria and the rest of the world have survived previous epidemics.

He is however optimistic that the current COVID-19 pandemic that has crippled the world’s economies will soon be a thing of the past in Nigeria.

The Minister stated this on Friday during a daily press briefing in Abuja by the Presidential Task Force on the coronavirus disease.

“We have survived many past epidemics but COVID-19 has been the most difficult and damaging that nations and healthcare systems have faced in recent times,” he said.

The Minister who lamented that the virus has caused more harm than good globally noted that only two states are yet to record index cases in the country.

According to him, 204 cases have been reported in the last 24 hours with Kano having the largest with 80 cases and Lagos trailing behind with 45 cases.

“Only two states have not yet reported a case at all. 204 cases were reported in the last 24 hours, with Kano being 80, Lagos (45), Gombe (12), Sokoto (9), Bauchi (9), Edo (7).”

Other states include Borno (7), Rivers (6), Ogun (6), FCT (4), Akwa Ibom (4), Bayelsa (4), Kaduna (3), Oyo (2), Delta (2), Nasarawa (2), Ondo (1), Kebbi (1).

Speaking further, the Minister said 12 patients were discharged in the past day comprising Lagos (7), Ogun (2), Akwa Ibom (1),  Edo (1) and Sokoto (1).

He also appealed to Nigerians to donate their buildings as isolation centres to support the Federal Government in its efforts to win the COVID-19 war.

To Ehanire, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control hopes to test two million people in the next three months, with more buildings needed as isolation centres.

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